When the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans square off in the first NFL playoff game of the season, two teams that have overcome obstacles and outperformed expectations will fight it out to make it to the Divisional Round.
For the Browns, injuries have been the big story but the team hopes that CB Denzel Ward will be able to go after his social media post on Friday. Cleveland did rule out three players going into Saturday’s game.
The Texans injury report was long with star DEs Will Anderson and Jonathan Greenard among seven questionable players. Only DE Jerry Hughes was ruled out for Houston.
Late Friday night, Aaron Wilson reported that the following players were likely to play on Saturday:
- DE Will Anderson
- DE Jonathan Greenard
- DT Maliek Collins
- DT Sheldon Rankins
- FB Andrew Beck
Wilson also noted that WR Robert Woods should play barring a setback with his hip:
#Texans wide receiver Robert Woods expected to be active, play against #Browns in playoff game in return from hip injury barring any setbacks during warmups, per a league source. Woods has caught 40 passes for 426 yards and one touchdown @KPRC2— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) January 13, 2024
The only questionable player not among Wilson’s reports is WR Noah Brown. Brown has played 10 games for the Texans with 33 receptions for 567 yards and two touchdowns.
We will likely get overnight reports from Ian Rapoport and/or Adam Schefter regarding some of the biggest names on this list.